Mosquito-Borne Illness: The Zika Virus & More
August 14, 2016
The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro served to focus world attention on the area’s concurrent battle with a mosquito-borne virus called Zika. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions on the subject of mosquito-borne illnesses in general and the Zika virus in particular.
- Why should we be concerned about mosquito borne diseases?
- Where do the mosquitoes acquire the organisms and viruses that make us sick?
- What is the Zika virus and what does it do?
- Why is the Zika virus now so closely identified with South America?
- If a person has the Zika virus, can he or she transmit it from person-to-person in the absence of an insect vector such as mosquitoes?
- What are the symptoms of a Zika virus illness?
- In terms of controlling Zika, how do we test for it and how do we manage it?
- How frightening is it to you, as an infectious disease physician, that the Zika virus displays next to no symptoms in the majority of its carriers?
- How many - say out of a thousand people -- who go outside and are exposed to mosquitoes could become infected with the Zika virus?
- If you become infected with the Zika virus, do you carry it with you the rest of your life?